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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, April 05, 2008


Hillary, when she was 27 years old and had completed working on the Watergate investigation, was fired by Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, because of lies and unethical behavior.

Zeifman said she was fired, “Because she was a liar. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

Read more about it here.

Barack Obama Digs Himself Deeper In the Jeremiah Wright Scandal

By Paul Ibrahim
North Star Writers Group

It is a very difficult time to be an honest, patriotic Democratic voter these days – the choices of presidential nominee for such voters are getting worse by the day.

On the one hand, there is Hillary Clinton, whose, well, creativity with the truth is being exposed more and more through such stories as the Bosnia non-adventure and the revelation that she had been fired from a job 34 years ago for being a “liar.” (Is this job included in “her 35 years of experience”?)

On the other hand, there is Barack Obama, who .........

Ken Blackwell: Obama's Generosity
The quintessential American worldview is founded on the centrality of God and the primacy of the individual in the life of our nation. Good societies are not created by great governments.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Year That Wasn't
2008 was supposed to have been an ideal year for the Democratic Party. There's an unpopular, lame-duck Republican president presiding over an iffy economy and an unpopular war.

Beware of Overregulating Financial Markets
By Paul M. Weyrich

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. recently a plan to overhaul America’s financial system in the wake of the housing crisis and the Wall Street meltdown. Commentators are touting the changes as the most sweeping reforms since those implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. There is a tendency in times of financial crisis to look to government as the solution. et government solutions often exacerbate the problem or permanently limit the free market. We should beware of reactive or impulsive desires to over-regulate the financial industry…

Reducing US Foreign Aid Will Help Africa, Scholars Say
A panel of scholars on Wednesday called for a partial divestment of aid to troubled African states as a solution to that continent’s many problems. One scholar said the foreign aid is so damaging that he hopes to see more of it stolen by corrupt government officials...

High Court to Decide if Town Must Allow New Age Monument
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide next term whether a city in Utah must allow a New Age religion that promotes pyramids, mummification, and sexual ecstasy to erect a monument to its beliefs on public property...

Interior Secretary A No-Show at Polar Bear Hearing
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne declined to appear before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday for an oversight hearing on the department’s delay on deciding whether to list the polar bear as an endangered species...

Global Food Crisis Expected to Produce Social Unrest
The World Bank estimates that 33 countries around the world face potential social unrest because of the acute hike in food and energy prices. World Bank President Robert Zoellick says this global food crisis demands the immediate attention of world leaders...

Amanda Carpenter: DHS Speeds Fence Construction
The Department of Homeland Security is eliminating barriers enacted by environment groups to speed fence construction along the Southern border.

Mona Charen: Do We Care What They Think of America?
If there's one thing the Democrats are certain they can accomplish provided they win in November it will be the restoration of America's tattered world reputation.

Charles Krauthammer: At Arm's Length With the Truth
Hillary Clinton has been regaling audiences with tales of a dangerous landing under sniper fire in Tuzla 12 years ago and then running for cover. None of this occurred.

John Hawkins: Six Uncomfortable Truths About Race in America

Everyone always says that they want a national dialogue about race, but what they really seem to want is a national lecture where a liberal mouths politically correct platitudes.

"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom."

-- John Adams --

Albert Mohler: Is There A War Against Fathers In America?

Albert Mohler recently interviewed Stephen Baskerville. Dr. Baskerville is a professor at Patrick Henry College and author of the book, "Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fatherhood, Marriage and the Family."

Michael Barone: The Democratic Tribes at War
Exit polls have shown that the contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has produced deep divisions among Democratic constituencies.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Biofuel blowback:

Fifty percent rice price hike could spell trouble
Biofuel blowback: Fifty percent rice price hike could spell trouble Rising prices and export bans among some producers indicate a crisis may be coming in rice consumption, Asia’s main food staple.

Women revolt in North Korea:

Authorities back down
SEOUL — In an extremely rare public display of anger, thousands of North Korean women staged a spontaneous rally in Chongjin, a city in North Hamkyong Province.

Terror alert in Kuwait:

Americans warned of looming Al Qaida strike
WASHINGTON — Americans in Kuwait are bracing for an Al Qaida strike. The State Department has issued a report that identified an Al Qaida threat in Kuwait, where 15,000 U.S. troops are stationed. The department said the U.S. embassy and the Kuwaiti government have shared information on the threat.

Israel activates unmanned video-directed machine gun stations on Gaza border

World Tribune:
Israel activates unmanned video-directed machine gun stations on Gaza border TEL AVIV — The Israel Army has deployed its first unmanned posts along the border of the Gaza Strip.

Fox News/AP:
Wyo. Lawsuit Alleges Prison Mealtime Violates Muslim Inmates' Freedom of Religion

The Poverty Hype
By Walter E. Williams

The psychology of victimhood and the politics of envy are powerful political tools, and we see them being exploited this political season. One of the surest methods to reduce the standard of living for all of us, particularly poorer households, is to buy into protectionist talk…

Sen. Jim McDermott

After losing his case, the big lib senator, Sen. Jim McDermott from Washington was ordered to pay over one million dollars to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) to cover legal fees for the 10 year legal battle stemming from the illegally taped phone conversation which was then leaked to the press.

So let's see. He came into possession of an illegally taped phone conversation. He leaked it to the press. He was taken to court for this illegal act. He lost the court case and the appeal and will not appeal again, he claims. He was ordered to pay for the legal fees of the damaged party .. a sum of over one million dollars mind you.

And this is his response:
“It’s dead. We’re just cleaning up after the parade. We saved the First Amendment, and it costs a piece of change, but that’s life in the big leagues.”



“The Endangered Species Act
[which is trying to be used to protect the purported "dwindling" polar bear population - HH]
is not the appropriate regulatory tool to address climate change or whatever policies that could be used to respond to perceptions on climate change.”

—Richard Ranger, senior policy adviser for the American Petroleum Institute


"The Democrat Party today is the result of decades of a strange kind of racism disguised, in Democrats' minds, as "caring."

Obama is no longer a great candidate who happens to be black. He is now the black candidate. Hillary is not a great candidate who happens to be a woman, she is the female candidate. Without his ethnicity or her gender, they are not, either of them, very impressive as leaders, in their background, or in their potential for guiding our country toward anything good.

They are now victims of their own hubris, their own self-righteous posturing of support for oppressed minority groups, and their own attachment to a trauma dynamic of victim-hood in which there are only three possible roles: 1) victim, 2) perpetrator, and 3) savior.

The Democrats have fancied themselves as savior to oppressed minorities, who are seen as the victims of "the American system," "corporate America," "the rich," mean selfish Republicans, racist white males, it doesn't matter as long as it's vague. The emotional pull is more compelling if it is kept nebulous.

Encouraging victim-hood has been a great game for the Democrats for a long time. But we may be seeing the Democrats' victim-hood game coming to an end.'

-- Dr. Joel Wade


Jack Kelly writes:
Most of such racists as remain in America are black.

This is because black racism is tolerated, even -- in certain quarters -- encouraged, while white racists receive the scorn and contempt they deserve. As Jack Kemp said in another connection, "you get more of what you subsidize, less of what you tax."

Black racism will fester and grow as long as racists like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright are treated more gently than racists like David Duke.

Mr. Duke, a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, has been excoriated by every major political figure, liberal and conservative. But Jeremiah Wright has many defenders -- both among white liberals and his fellow black clergy -- for his views, which he has expressed in more inflammatory language than Mr. Duke employs.

Why the double standard? The reason, liberals say, is the guilt white Americans are supposed to feel for slavery and segregation."

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Left-Wing Congressman Sought to Help Terrorists Undermine American Ally

By Hans Bader

In order to isolate Colombia’s pro-American, democratically-elected government, Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern sent what commentators have likened to ”love letters” to a bloodthirsty Colombian terrorist group, FARC, that smuggles drugs and espouses a Marxist ideology. “Mr. McGovern has been working with an American go-between, who has been offering the rebels help in undermining Colombia’s elected and popular government,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

McGovern is “a leading opponent of the free-trade deal” between the U.S. and Colombia that House leaders blocked earlier this year, even though it would create jobs in our export industries. Meanwhile, House leaders voted to pass a special tax break for an oil company controlled by Venezuela’s anti-American dictator, who helps fund the terrorist group FARC.

"Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence."

-- Joseph Story --

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Obama Organized Farrakhan’s ‘Million Man March’

Supreme Court Confronts ‘Right to Bear Arms’ in Case

By Stepehn P. Halbrook
North County Times

Los Angeles Times:
Saudi Arabia is prime source of terror funds, U.S. says

USA Today:
Experts to testify of 'real and growing' nuclear threat to U.S.

Fox News:
Imam: Non-Muslims Deserve to Be Raped, Killed

Time for Second Thoughts on the Ethanol Mandate
by Ben Lieberman

The Housing and Financial Markets: Congressional Action Could Disrupt Market Correction

-- The Heritage Foundation

“The grand paradox of our society is this: we magnify man’s right but we minimize his capacities.” —Joseph Wood Krutch

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” —Albert Einstein

Where do I sign up?

“I heard Obama speak. He hit me with that he-just-got-done-watching-’Malcolm X,’ and I swear to God, I’m like, ‘Yo, Obama!’ I’m Obama to the end now, baby!... Don’t look for my vote, for me to determine nothing on that. Just say, ‘50 Cent, he don’t know, so don’t ask Fiddy.”’

-- Rapper “50 Cent”, telling us he is switching from Hillary to BHO.

How comforting.

You are correct, sir

Jerry Bowyer: Meet Barry Obama, Fair Housing Lawyer
There simply was no such thing as a developed Subprime mortgage industry until the US congress created it by ordering banks to issue loans to people who were not credit worthy.......

Michael Medved: The Wright Questions For Obama
Barack Obama continues to face controversy over his association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright because his comments about the provocative pastor have been contradictory, evasive, misleading and unsatisfying.
HeavyHanded: Indeed, they have been. And this leads me to be very, very suspicious of BHO's integrity and honesty. But in his defense, he is a politician.

Walter E. Williams: The Poverty Hype
The psychology of victimhood and the politics of envy are powerful political tools and we see them being exploited this political season.

Iceland Isn't Melting
The fears are overblown.............

The Intelligence Consensus
Spies and civil libertarians can both agree that surveillance tactics must evolve with evolving threats........

Obama and the 'L' Word


Despite his 'postpartisan' rhetoric, the senator is a conventional liberal. Read More.

Oil Refinements

More ignorance from the House hearing on global warming. Read more.

Senate Shutdown

Senate Shutdown

It's not every day that a Member of the world's greatest deliberative body stops by to chat about his plans "to close the Senate down." Especially if his name is Arlen Specter. But the Pennsylvania Republican tells us he's concluded that this is the only way to prod Democrats to vote on, or even hold confirmation hearings on, President Bush's appeals-court nominees.

A look at the numbers explains why the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is spitting mad. In the last two years of Bill Clinton's Administration, when Mr. Specter was in the chairman's seat, the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed 15 appellate court nominees. (Read more.)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Bobby Schindler: Terri Schiavo: My Sister's Regret

Recently, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama stated that his greatest regret as a Senator was not objecting to a vote that was intended to help save my sister from being dehydrated to death.

Rich Lowry: Detroit: The City That Liberalism Ruined

It could be an item on a David Letterman Top Ten List of "How to Know Your Mayor is Headed for a Major Scandal" -- he's known as the "Hip-Hop Mayor."

Washington Times:
Obama's church founded on radical creed

Senators Ask Oil Companies to Share Profits with Poor


Put those rascally polar bears on the endangered list:
Not An Energy Crisis but a Crisis of Confidence
by Ed Feulner

Unless our government allows us to expand our energy supplies, we’d better get used to overpaying at the pump. New oil and natural gas production in Alaska and in its surrounding waters would immediately be put at risk if the polar bear is listed as “endangered.” There would be virtually no chance to open up even a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area estimated to contain 10 billion barrels of oil. That’s enough to replace what we’ll import from Saudi Arabia over the next 15 years…

The Democratic Twins
By Robert D. Novak

Abortion is the last thing Barack Obama wants to be talking about in Pennsylvania, where many Democrats are pro-life. At a town meeting in Johnstown, Pa., on Saturday, Obama made short work of a passionate pro-life woman who asked him about a “moral crisis” caused by abortion. After quickly explaining why “I am pro-choice,” he adjourned the event. That brief encounter marked a rare departure from script…

Budget Experts Left and Right Urge Action on Entitlements

By Monisha Bansal

(CNSNews.com) - Budget experts from across the political spectrum gathered in Washington, D.C., on Monday to address the looming financial "crisis" that entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security pose if they are not reformed in the near future.

Alice Rivlin, a senior fellow at the liberal Brookings Institution, said the groups came together out of "sheer panic."

"This group of budget folks sees a collision coming that the politicians aren't focusing on," she said at a press conference. "If current policies are not changed, we simply can't afford to keep these promises."

Rivlin and 15 other experts from the Brookings Institution, the conservative Heritage Foundation and the Urban Institute said Congress must be forced to address entitlement spending.

Robert Reischauer, president of the liberal Urban Institute noted that there is "no real incentive for politicians to act to improve the long-run fiscal situation, and in fact there are strong disincentives to acting."

"The solutions are unavoidably painful, more immediate and more specific" than the status quo, Reischauer said. "There appears to be no incentive to act now as opposed to next year or the year after, or the year after."

.... (read more)

Ed Koch was the Democrat mayor of New York from 1978 to 1989 and he writes a column for the World Tribune, telling how he is 'dumbfounded' as Obama's numbers rise.
I am dumbfounded that there has been no drop in Barack Obama’s standing in the polls following revelations that he sat in Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years and did nothing, publicly or privately, to voice disagreement with Wright’s hate speech. Indeed, Obama’s poll numbers are going up. The most recent CNN national poll shows Obama with 50 percent and Hillary with 40 percent of likely Democratic voters.

One reason for the up tick in Obama’s popularity may be that Hillary Clinton has had to explain her out-and-out falsehood of having been under sniper fire years ago in Bosnia. Her account of landing in Bosnia amidst sniper fire was totally demolished by a video clip taken at the time and now flashed all over tv showing her strolling across the tarmac with Chelsea to receive flowers and kisses from a waiting child.

Are the actions of our two United States Senators, both candidates for the Presidency, to be condemned equally? I don't think so. Hillary's failure ... (read on)

The dirty little secret

The dirty little secret that no one talks about is the impact the falling dollar has on the price of oil. This article from the World Tribune addresses the issue.
OPEC member: Weak dollar triggered high prices
ABU DHABI — The fall of the U.S. dollar is fueling energy prices, oil officials here said.

Industry specialists said the sharp decline of the American currency against the euro has sustained the rise in oil prices. They said the fall of the dollar has fueled speculation by oil traders.

"One reason the price is high is the weakness of the dollar," Ali Al Yabhouni, the representative of the United Arab Emirates to OPEC, said.

"If you look at it in other currencies such as the yen and the euro, oil is very affordable. So, yes, the price looks high in dollars but not in other currencies."

Addressing an energy conference in Dubai on March 30, Al Yabhouni dismissed any shortage in the oil market. He said the production of gasoline and other refined products were above their five-year average.

Another contributing factor to high oil prices that "big oil" has no control over.

By the way ... if there is "big oil," doesn't that mean there is "small oil?" And what would that be? What is "small oil?"

Israel readies largest exercise ever to prepare for Iran-Syria missile war

TEL AVIV -- Israel plans to conduct its largest exercise ever to set contingencies for massive missile attacks by Iran and Syria. The government has been preparing for a five-day exercise in April that would simulate conventional and nonconventional missile strikes from Iran, Lebanon and Syria. Officials said...(click here for more)

Thomas Sowell: Irony in Wall Street
There was a real irony in the recent intervention by the Federal Reserve System to provide the money that enabled the firm of JPMorgan Chase to buy Bear Stearns before it went bankrupt.

William Perry Pendley:
Free School for Illegals: Time for a Supreme Court Review?

Last year, a senior at Roswell (New Mexico) High School was ticketed for blocking a fire lane outside a middle school and for driving without a license.

Dennis Prager: If Jeremiah Wright is a Prophet, Isaiah Wasn't
Were the controversial comments made by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright "prophetic"?

Monday, March 31, 2008

“Freedom is not a natural state—otherwise more people would be free. Tyranny, oppression, dictatorship and the denial of human rights are the norm for much of the planet. Mankind’s lower nature dictates that far too many seek to reduce others to servitude in order to elevate themselves. President Bush has repeatedly said that freedom is a God-given right that resides in the heart of every human. Maybe, but sometimes one must fight to extract it from the hardened hearts of others who want it exclusively for themselves. Looking at the faces of those who have fallen and driving by Arlington National Cemetery, I am reminded of the cost of freedom. Those who died allow me to travel freely. Those who sacrificed everything invested in freedom for my family and yours so that we can all live our lives where we choose to live them and worship where, and however, we please. These are freedoms most of the world can only dream about.”

-- Cal Thomas --

“The spendthrifts who mangled America with the nightmare of double-digit inflation, record interest rates, unfair tax increases, too much regulation, credit controls, farm embargoes, gas lines, no-growth at home, weakness abroad, and phony excuses about ‘malaise’ are the last people who should be giving sermonettes about fairness and compassion... Believe me, you cannot create a desert, hand a person a cup of water, and call that compassion. You cannot pour billions of dollars into make-work jobs while destroying the economy that supports them and call that opportunity. And you cannot build up years of dependence on government and dare call that hope.”

-- Ronald Reagan --

“There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs—partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

-- Booker T. Washington --

Fox News:
Clinton's Campaign Manager Sat on Board of Sub-Prime Lender

Ultra-Rich Cash in on Global Warming Hoax
By Alan Caruba

I am still trying to understand why our government and others around the world are subsidizing “alternative energies” to the tune of billions of dollars for wind and solar power when neither is a reliable source of energy and, together, they produce such miniscule amounts of electricity as to be essentially worthless...

Palestinian Terrorism Created Need for Roadblocks, Expert Says
- Palestinian terrorism that developed along with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process created the need for Israel to construct roadblocks in the West Bank, a former Israeli military commander said on Monday...

US Combat Deaths Show Sharp Year-to-Year Decline in Iraq
U.S. combat casualties in Iraq during the first 28 days of March are down almost 60 percent from where they were in the same 28-day period of 2007, and those casualties also have declined from where they stood in January, according to a Cybercast News Service analysis of U.S. Defense Department data...

Patriotic Dissent is a luxury of those protected by better men than they.

Moral Confusion on Abortion

By Michael Medved

For cultural conservatives, the good news is that nearly all Americans--87 percent--still believe in the concept of sin, but the bad news is that we're deeply confused on how to define it.

According to a 2007 study by Ellison Research, an overwhelming 81 percent think adultery is sinful, and almost as many say "racism" is a sin. But when it comes to abortion, only 56 percent think it's sinful. More Americans consider it sinful to "use hard drugs" or to "not say something if a cashier gives you too much change."

These responses indicate the big challenge for the pro-life movement: making the case that abortion isn't just moral sloppiness--like accepting the wrong change--but a cruel act that destroys a life, inflicts pain on a defenseless being, and stops a beating human heart.

Only after overwhelming majorities agree that abortion is profoundly wrong and destructive will we see a change its legal status.

"Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of both."

-- James Wilson --

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Islam and Free Speech

The liberal West is failing to defend even its most basic freedoms amid jihadist violence.

International Law, and Order
The Supremes limit foreign intrusion on U.S. courts.

John McCaslin: Is Hillary Breaking Fundraising Laws?
Are Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Elton John breaking U.S. laws by allowing the British pop singer, a foreign national, to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign?

Jerry Agar: A Report from the White Community
I did not spend a moment today thinking about how to keep the black man down. Just another day. So stop telling me everything is my fault.

Michael Reagan: When Travel Is Experience
I'm indebted to Hillary Clinton for the revelation that my global wanderings when my dad was president qualify me to run for the presidency myself.

Linda Chavez: A Government Engineered Food Crisis
As if a housing crisis, rising energy costs and a soft labor market weren't enough to cause economic anxiety for the average American, now consumers are feeling the pinch of rapidly escalating food costs.

"Diversity worship and multiculturalism are currency and cause for celebration at just about any college. If one is black, brown, yellow or white, the prevailing thought is that he should take pride and celebrate that fact even though, just as in the case of my eye color, he had nothing to do with it. The multiculturist and diversity crowd see race as an achievement. In my book, race might be an achievement, worthy of considerable celebration, only if a person was born white and through his effort and diligence became black." -- Walter Williams

"The accumulation of wealth is a process which is of itself morally neutral. True, as Christianity teaches, riches bring temptations. But then so does poverty." -- Margaret Thatcher

USA Today:
Deporting inmates gives states a financial break

Tampa Bay Online/AP:
Rhode Island Blames Illegal Immigrants for Economic Woes

Charges against Marine in Haditha case dropped

Court to Reconsider California Home-Schooling Ban
A California appeals court has agreed to reconsider a Feb. 28 decision that makes most home-schooling a crime in the state...

Koran Film: ‘Allah is Happy When Non-Muslims Get Killed’
– It wasn't an April Fool's joke after all: Dutch politician Geert Wilders has posted his short film on the Koran online, as promised, and within hours, millions of people had accessed it. European authorities have warned it may spark violence. The 16-minute film juxtaposes graphic images of Islamist terrorism -- including bombings and beheadings -- with verses from the Koran, footage of Muslim clerics endorsing violence, and newspaper headlines dealing with various aspects of radical Islam...

Amanda Carpenter: Obama Keeps Defending Wright
Leading Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama continued his defense of his controversial longtime pastor and friend Reverend Jeremiah Wright in a chat-fest with the ladies of The View Friday.

Bill O'Reilly: Leftwing Civil War
On hateful leftwing websites like the Daily Kos, venom between liberals is being spit out so fast a cobra would be stunned.

Barack Obama got caught.

Austin Hill: Obama Backs-Off From His Own Buzzwords

Paul Greenberg: False Memory: The Strange Case of H. Clinton
It happens. Or rather it didn't happen. How many of us can remember an event, often full of emotional overtones, that didn't happen?

A very good question indeed. This is more than a case of "misremembering." This is a case of taking an event and stretching it far beyond the point of reality, but just short of being totally unbelievable.

The Sunni-Shiite Terror Network

John McCain was right. Radical Islamists of all stripes cooperate all the time.

One Missed Call
On the necessity of warrantless antiterror surveillance.......